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A little bit of noise: Mono @ Sala Rossa

Posted by Gabby / May 28, 2010

twilightsad_052910.jpgOn Thursday night, in a Sala Rossa that has finally acquired air-conditioning but hidden most of its seats, post-rockers Mono and The Twilight Sad performed a set that would've rendered sensitive people completely deaf - but fans left sated and buzzed, with that distinct ringing in their ears and a little bit of a heavy heart.

There are so many reasons why I love the Twilight Sad - they're noisy, in an incredibly refined and melodic way. Their songs are full to the brim with clever quips sung in a thick Scottish drawl, and bigger-than-life choruses that never overshadow the small details of every song.

Live, they're a different kind of beast. Singer James Graham's accent is thicker, his voice more powerful, his throat-shredding screams piercing through the small venue. He stands still despite the chaos happening around him, occasionally shaken by spasms, like electricity coursing through his body. They performed several gems from their 2007 debut, Fourteen Autumns And Fifteen Winters, including "Cold Days From The Birdhouse", and "That Summer, At Home I Had Become The Invisible Boy", but also songs like "Reflection Of The Television" from their second offering, 2009's Forget The Night Ahead.

At this point, I think, smart people have brought earplugs. I am plugging my own ears with my fingers. I think, this is why I'm here.

Mono, a bass-driven and noise-hungry Japanese band, played a set that, to inexperienced ears, blended into an hour-and-some of amorphous, melodic post-rock songs that heavily channel certain other genre references, like Mogwai or Sigur Rós.

If their songs did sound like something taken straight off Rock Action, I blame it on my lack of prior knowledge, just like someone might be bored to death at a Mogwai show if they've never listened to them before. But to say that seeing them is like seeing Mogwai for cheaper wouldn't be fair to Mono. If their melodies aren't groundbreaking, they were impeccably executed, and that has to count for something.

Picture taken from The Twilight Sad's Myspace, courtesy of PetrKlapper.com.

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Ankur / February 5, 2015 at 02:19 am
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It works good, but I have small ears and the ear bud won't stay in my ear. So if you have small ears you may want to find another style.
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